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Distributed Teams: The Art and Practice of Working Together While Physically Apart

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  13 reviews
What if you could have a meaningful, well-paid career without a daily commute to a physical office? What if your team or organization could work well together even when physically apart? What if your organization’s “work from home” policy was a competitive advantage, while also helping address important social, diversity, urban planning and environmental issues?

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Kindle Edition, 337 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Release Mechanix, LLC
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Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Hoo boy, it took me a while to get through the book because it's a little dry and because it's organized into these bite-size tidbits of useful information, so I often succumbed to the temptation to read the bite-sized portion and then stop reading until the next time. It was also chock-full of advice around the functioning of a diverse workplace. It talked about the benefits of having employees work from home (cost savings for the company, requires a crisp organization, emphasis on clean commun ...more
Doğa Armangil
This book feels obsolete despite its timely subject matter.

In the book's introduction and closing remarks, the author makes a case for distributed organisations and companies as a way of enhancing societies and individuals. That would have made a great article in itself. As for everything in between: the author harkens back to his 20+ year carrier, which is a world gone by. While the book tries to take on a trendy subject, most of the book's content is not specific to remote/distributed companie
Mihai Tabara
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Needless to say this is a must book in every corporation or government sector leader's book shelf. The book is a treasure, full of practical advices appliable in the real world into how to make teams work more effectively.

Covers everything end-to-end, from the hidden costs of physical offices (yes, there are so many!) to the behavior changes that are needed to make a team work effectively. If only more people read this book, step by step, and start applying the lessons, we'd all live in a bette
Steve Spiker
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Went into this as a resource to help me think about potentially building a mostly distributed team versus local hire, and came out of it with a huge list of process and organizational changes all over the place! Totally blew me away with how much I learned and have been able to apply so soon. I wish I read this ten years ago, but it didn't exist then, I wish I read it before I thought about distributed teams for the plethora of tweaks to how I manage! ...more
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
O'Duinn makes the argument for the value, the craft, and the do's and don't's of working remotely. He's thought of all the angles. If you work for a company that has remote workers, or if you manage remote workers, or if you are a remote worker, then keep this book handy for reference when things go pear-shaped. And they will. And then you will thank me -- and O'Duinn. ...more
Christopher J Lockwood
Ok read.

There are decent ideas here and I did have some takeaways. However, some of the advice is more general business and thus did not really address the topic at hand. Plus, much of the advise assumes either a larger budget or that the distributed team is all within the country.
Chris AtLee
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great handbook for how to work effectively as a distributed team. Not only that, it's a great handbook for how to work effectively in any company. There are lots of useful tips and links about how to communicate effectively, how to be a better manager, or how to interview and hire the right candidate for a job.

If you are a remotie, or work with remoties, give this book a read!
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice, comprehensive and detailed guide on working in distributed teams, which contains practices and techniques that can be useful to teams with any degree of "distributeness", from fully distributed to fully centralized. ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book for anyone working with remote teams. Extremely practical with plenty of examples and stories.
Michael Webb
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some fantastic practical advice.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Deep, thoughtful and well structured

Lots of content from the industry veteran. Definitely a must read in the age of too much shallow books on the hot topic of remote.
May 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
This book was recommended to me by someone who I think is quite good at distributed work.
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This is a great handbook for working in teams that are distributed, but not only. It is full of very useful tips and practices based on a lot of experience, for both manag-ers and manag-ees.
The extensive part on audio/video call is extremely valuable and makes really understand why this should a major tool and not just a gizmo.
There is in this book a true understanding of what it is to work as a full or partial remote team.
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